January 25th, 2012

anyone out there speak Norwegian?

I need help coming up with a couple of phrases.

First, the setting is the Klondike Gold Rush, on the trail north from Dyea to the Chilkoot Pass, early winter, 1897. The speaker is an 18-year-old second-generation Norwegian-American, who grew up in a logging camp (which I hope will give her a broader vocabulary than might have been expected of a nice girl in her time and place) in western Washington state. She grew up basically bilingual, speaking Norwegian at home and English out in the world.

I need a nice set of cursewords for her to use when a tent falls on her, and something nasty for her to call the gentleman whose fault that was.

Help?

Also, I would be grateful for more tips on speech tics a native Norwegian speaker would have when speaking in English that won't make her sound like a cliché or distract the reader. I've had some already, but anything else would be useful.

Thanks.
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Life in Petersburg (Petrograd) during the Revolution of 1917

I have been googling my brains out these past few weeks looking up information for this time period. For the record my sources thus-far have been Robert Massie's " The Romanovs: The Final Chapter " Edvard Radzinsky's " The Last Tsar " and Rachel Polonsky's " Molotov's Magic Lantern "
My library unfortunately has precious little information on this particular time period. I'm also reading through this

http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/kerensky/1927/catastrophe/index.htm

The Catastrophe by A.F. Kerensky

It's all been helpful in terms of giving me an overall understanding of the politics of the situation but there are still a few tiddly details I have so far been unable to pinpoint for the purpose of my story.

1) I have a young woman living with her mother, grandmother and several younger siblings in Petrograd. Her father died a war hero in the recent conflict. Were any provisions made to support the families of dead war heroes at that time? If so what were they?

2) What affordable housing facilities would be available to her family at the time and what part of Petrograd realistically would they be living in?

3) At one point in the story, she is taking a walk with one of her friends, a young man whose father is a high-ranking government official. Could young couples spend time alone together in public or was this frowned upon or outright forbidden? Where were popular places to walk in Petrograd at the time? What venues of entertainment were available also?

4) The young man in question is eighteen years old. What educational opportunities were available to him at the time? Would he have any places in the area (universities, public libraries, etc.) that he could go to study in addition to studying at home? How much time out of a typical day would he spend studying?

Thanks in advance!
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Supranational Organisations: EU/NATO/UN

I have a couple of questions about daily activities of these organisations that I hope somebody can help me with. The trouble is, I know how they all work as organisations (my God, the EU is complicated) but not what their workers do on a daily basis. I'll put them under a cut, just to save space :)
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I know those are probably really stupid questions but I honestly, in my shelf after shelf of EU books, I can't find anything that talks about the daily grind of commissioners or MEPs or council workers. I've tried google searches like "Nato in New York", "UN and NATO", "EU daily tasks" and the like, but nothing that's giving me the answers I want.

Any help would be most appreciated! :)